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Lawyer uses “too fat” defense to try and help client stay out of prison

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A Florida attorney filed a petition saying a nearly six-and-a-half year prison term would eat up most of his client’s time left to live, due to the client’s large weight.

Attorney Curtis Fallgatter somehow calculated his client Stephen Donaldson Sr., 72, who was recently convicted for marketing an offshore tax shelter scheme that cost the IRS nearly $10 million, would spend 61 percent of his remaining life-years in prison since he is only 5-foot-9 and weighs 273 pounds, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Fallgatter did not use the strange weight excuse for his other Tampa Bay client, who was sentenced to four years and six months in prison.

Unfortunately for Donaldson, if his petition is granted and the sentence is overturned, he misses his opportunity to gain a sweet prison bod.

Image: Adam Jones, Ph.D.

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cinebot
8 hours ago
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The Homer Simpsons defence.
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Somebody Invented Diet Avocados

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At least now you’ll be skinnier when you cry about all the home-buying money you squandered on avocado toast: A fruit company over in Spain has invented an actual diet avocado — all the Instagrammability, only 30 percent of the fat.

Made by Eurobanan’s Isla Bonita brand, the...More »

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cinebot
6 days ago
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NO
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Downsizing

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Director Alexander Payne (Election, Sideways) is coming out with his latest film in December. Downsizing, which stars Kristin Wiig, Matt Damon, and Christoph Waltz, is about a world where humans are able to shrink themselves down to five inches tall.

When scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall as a solution to over-population, Paul (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in order to get small and move to a new downsized community — a choice that triggers life-changing adventures.

I’ve been waiting on this one since posting about nano sapiens last year:

When humans get smaller, the world and its resources get bigger. We’d live in smaller houses, drive smaller cars that use less gas, eat less food, etc. It wouldn’t even take much to realize gains from a Honey, I Shrunk Humanity scheme: because of scaling laws, a height/weight proportional human maxing out at 3 feet tall would not use half the resources of a 6-foot human but would use somewhere between 1/4 and 1/8 of the resources, depending on whether the resource varied with volume or surface area. Six-inch-tall humans would potentially use 1728 times fewer resources.

I’m sure the movie skews more toward a generic fish-out-of-water tale rather than addressing the particular pros and cons of shrinking people down to the size of hamsters (e.g. cutting human life span by orders of magnitude), but I will still be first in line to see this one.

Tags: Alexander Payne   Downsizing   movies   trailers   video
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cinebot
23 days ago
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this film was no good.
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satadru
14 days ago
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The physics of sushi

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Master sushi chefs in Japan spend years honing their skills in making rice, selecting and slicing fish, and other techniques. Expert chefs even form the sushi pieces in a different way than a novice does, resulting in a cohesive bite that doesn’t feel all mushed together. In this short video clip from a longer Japanology episode on sushi, they put pieces of sushi prepared by a novice and a master through a series of tests — a wind tunnel, a pressure test, and an MRI scan — to see just how different their techniques are. It sounds ridiculous and goofy (and it is!) but the results are actually interesting.

Tags: food   science   sushi   video
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cinebot
23 days ago
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science!
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Say "Oh, Hai" to James Franco's Tommy Wiseau impression in The Disaster Artist trailer

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In the wake of the real Tommy Wiseau’s triple-belted appearance at TIFF to promote The Disaster Artist, distributor A24 has released a full-length trailer for the film. As we hoped, the trailer goes all in on James Franco’s impression of Wiseau, allowing Franco to deliver a majority of the trailer’s exposition…

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cinebot
35 days ago
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saw it today. this film is great, with a lot of heart.
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gazuga
33 days ago
Cool! Was that at the TIFF screening? I'm looking forward to this movie, even though the initial teaser of Franco doing the rooftop scene didn't capture the essence of Wiseau for me. The actual trailer makes it look a lot more fun.
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cinebot
41 days ago
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def forgot swans on the bottom right corner
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